Updates for Fall 2023 - Spring 2024
What is a Graduate Assistantship?
A Graduate Assistantships are designed for degree seeking graduate students who are interested in an opportunity to gain an academic experience that directly complements their degree program curriculum. All assistantships are diverse in nature and encompass a wide variety of responsibilities and duties while allowing students to also achieve their academic goals. Assistantships will offer opportunities to work with faculty on research projects or other special assignments that require advanced research and/or discipline skills, assist faculty with support of large class sections, and/or be related to the student’s clinical or field work studies.
Graduate Assistantships are part-time paid-work experiences that include tuition remission and a stipend.
When are Graduate Assistantships Offered?
Graduate Assistantships (GA) are offered for the Fall and Spring semesters only. The GA is assigned to a semester-based assignment and will need to reapply each semester.
Please note that only a limited number of Graduate Assistantships are granted to the various academic departments within each school each year.
What are the Qualifications to Apply for a Graduate Assistantship?
To qualify for a graduate assistantship, the student must:
- Be fully admitted as a degree-seeking student in a Pace University graduate program at the time of appointment.
- Successfully maintain a minimum course load of 6-graduate credit hours per semester for a full-time graduate assistantship or carry a minimum course load of 3-graduate credit hours per semester for a part-time or quarter-time assistantship.
- Be in good academic standing (not on academic probation or in jeopardy of dismissal).
Types of Graduate Assistantships Offered
- Full-time Assistantship:
- A 20-hour per week work assignment for 15-weeks per semester (300-hours) corresponding to the beginning and ending dates for a semester as published in the university schedule.
- Support includes:
- A stipend of $4,500 each semester
- Tuition credit for up to 6-graduate credits per semester; required enrollment 6-credits
- Part-time Assistantship:
- A 10-hour per week work assignment for 15 weeks per semester (150-hours) corresponding to the beginning and ending dates for a semester as published in the university schedule.
- Support includes:
- A stipend of $2,250 per semester
- Tuition credit for up to 3-graduate credits per semester; required enrollment 3-credits
- Quarter-time Assistantship:
- A 5-hour per week work assignment for 15 weeks per semester (75-hours) corresponding to the beginning and ending dates for a semester as published in the university schedule.
- Support includes:
- A stipend of $1,125 per semester
- Tuition credit for up to 1.5-graduate credits per semester; required enrollment 3-credits
PLEASE NOTE: Tuition remission cannot be carried over to a semester other than the semester for which it was granted.
- For Hiring Managers: The first step is to speak with your School Budget Representative to determine the availability of funds, including both the stipend and tuition remission benefits. This will help determine the number and type of GA’s that can be offered.
- The GA must submit an application or resume for review, or you may request resumes and applications from the school. For students, Graduate Assistantship forms can be found in the "Graduate Application Information Booklet" for the specific school to which the student is applying for an assistantship.
- The Hiring Manager reviews the applications, interviews the students, and makes the final selections.
- Once the students have been selected for hire, the Hiring Manager submits the application through the online GA Contract System to initiate a graduate assistantship contract.
Please note: GA’s are considered student workers and cannot concurrently work as both a Pace University employee (classified or unclassified, full-time or part-time) and a student worker at the same time. GA’s may hold another hourly student worker position(s) concurrent so long as the combined hours do not exceed more than 20 hours per week during the academic year, and no more than 35 hours per week during the summer and semester breaks.
The GA must report to their campus Human Resources Office to fill out new hire paperwork. Making an appointment is recommended. In addition, certain materials will be required when filling out new hire paperwork, including a Passport, OR Social Security Card and Driver's License.
Please note: the GA's stipend payment will be delayed if this necessary step is not fully completed.
- Westchester Campus: Human Resources Office is located at 100 Summit Lake Drive, 3rd Floor, Valhalla, NY, and is open from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
- New York Campus: Human Resources Office is located on the 161 William Street, 16th Floor, and is open from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Hiring managers should confirm with the Talent Acquisition, phone (914) 923-2730 or email email@example.com that the new hire paperwork has been received and processed prior to the GA's first day of work.